Key roads to close in Leeds city centre this weekend for Sky Ride

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KEY ROADS in Leeds city centre will be closed to traffic as a thousands of riders get on their bikes.

Cyclists of all ages and abilities will hit the city’s traffic-free streets and take in the sights of local landmarks as the Sky Ride event arrives in Leeds on Sunday. (July 17)

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Several road closures, diversions and parking restrictions will be in place from 4am to 6pm on July 17, with roads including The Headrow, Albion Street, Merrion Street and Wade Lane affected.

The free event, which will take place from 10am to 3pm, offers thousands of cyclists the chance to ride safely along a 6.5km route.

Councillor James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member with responsibility for sport, said: “Sky Ride is a fantastic event for people of all ages to get on their bike and experience the joy of cycling.

“This is the fourth year that it will be coming to Leeds and it is great to see people of all abilities build confidence on their bikes in a fun and safe city centre route, whilst having the chance to take in some of Leeds most iconic city centre buildings.”

Coun Lewis added: “Having hosted the Tour de France le Grand Départ in 2014 and featured in events such as Tour de Yorkshire and Sky Ride, Leeds is well and truly on the global cycling map.

“We are looking forward to moving forward with one of the key elements of our future cycling strategy, which will aim to provide more opportunities for people to get involved and enjoy the sport.”

Riders will be able to challenge family or friends in the Sprint Zone on The Headrow, watch mountain bike stunts at Woodhouse Moor and find out more about further cycling opportunities at Millennium Square.

More than 8,000 participants have taken part in previous Sky Ride events in Leeds.

For details or to sign up, visit www.goskyride.com/leedsskyride.

For a map of the full road closures, click here.

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